India, the land of multiple cultures, languages, gods, and goddesses. It is known as 33 crore god and goddesses are worshipped in India at different places in different forms. You can find a temple dedicated to one or another god at every step. Though some temples are famous and popular, some are unique with their bizarre traditions and methods. It is filled with so many mysteries and legends that going for a trip to these places is a lifetime experience and very much worthy. From temples devoted to animals to nonliving things, to alcohol offerings made to god, there’s a lot for you to explore. Some of the history and adventure make it a point to visit these places to understand the wonders present in our country. They book dayuse hotels or hotels on an hourly basis for a hassle free trip.
Here are the top 12 most bizarre temples in India with their legendary tales
1-Om Banna Temple, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Whenever we enter a temple, we see statues of gods and goddesses. Have you ever been to any temple where a 350 cc Royal Enfield is worshipped? Yes, it is true. This unique temple in Jodhpur is a place where it is believed that worshipping a bullet will ward off any ill fate lurking on the Pali-Jodhpur highway. Many people also give bottles of liquor to the bottle to the temple as a sacred offering. You can book a hotel in Jodhpur for a comfortable stay during the trip.
2-Tanot Mata Temple, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The Tanot Mata Temple situated in the Tanot village of district Jaisalmer is a major attraction for those visiting the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is enveloped within numerous legends that are sure to surprise you. The heritage site is preserved and maintained by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India since the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.
Localities have immense faith in the temple’s austerity and pay regular visits to the Tanot Mata. She is believed to be an apparition of the Hinglaj Mata Goddess.
3-Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara, Jalandhar, Punjab
In this temple in a tiny village of Talhan in Jalandhar, Punjab, people offer toy airplanes instead of offering flowers, clothes, and food. It is believed by the local people that if planes are offered to the Shaheeb baba Nihal Singh, then the visa applications tend to get approved. You can book a hotel in Amritsar and can visit this temple via road which is just 82 kms from Amritsar.
4-Mahendipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan
In the decade of extreme modernization and education, some temples existed in India which are famous for the exorcism of any demons. You can find a temple-like this in the Dausa district of Rajasthan where thousands of devotees turn up to get rid themselves of ghosts, demons, and other evil spirits. They indulge in extreme activities like pouring boiling water on oneself, hanging from the ceiling, chaining themselves to walls, and also banging their heads against the walls. No Prasad is offered at this temple.
5-Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke, Rajasthan
In the magnificent city of Bikaner, there is a temple dedicated to Karni Mata. The peculiar thing about this temple is that it is inhabited by thousands of rats. They will be running around and scurrying over people’s feet now and then. They are called as Kabas. There is a legend that if you happen to spot a white rat, it is said that you are blessed by Karni Mata.
6-Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam
This is one of the famous temples of India situated in the northeast region of the country. Perched at the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, Assam, it is one of the oldest of the Shakti peethas in the Indian subcontinent. There is no sculpture but a yoni or vagina of Devi Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva which is covered with red silk sari. During the monsoon season, the goddess menstruates, and the temple is closed for 3 days. There is a fertility festival that happens during this time which is called Ambubachi Mela.
7-Chinese kali temple, Kolkata, West Bengal
This is one of the interesting temples in which the goddess is offered with Chinese delicacies such as noodles and fried rice. As per the local stories, there was a young Chinese boy who was extremely sick got cured when prayers were offered at this temple. You can book a hotel in Kolkata and can continue with your trip around the city comfortably as well.
8-Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Kerala
This is a temple that is an earthly abode of goddess Bhadrakali. She is the gentler incarnation of goddess kali. The Bharani festival is celebrated everyday marking the birth of the goddess. During this festival, devotees hit their heads with the sword, and with bleeding head, they enter the temples hurling choice abuses and singing lewd songs about the Devi. Offerings are made by throwing at the goddess. You can book a hotel in Kochi and then can hit the the road to visit this unique temple which is just 45kms from the city.
9-Dog Temple, Channapatna, Karnataka
In this temple, Dogs are worshiped. As per the legend, it is said that the goddess instructed the villagers to find two dogs that have disappeared from the village so that her temple could be protected from evil. When the villagers could not find the dogs, they built a temple and installed two statues of the dogs. Some other legend says the temple was built to celebrate the loyalty of dogs. You can book a hotel in Bangalore and can hit the road to visit this place which is just 61km from the city.
10-Kal Bhairav Nath Temple, Varanasi
This is considered as one of the oldest Shiva temples in the country. As an offering, the devotees give alcohol to the deity and the Prasad that is served in the temple is also alcohol. If you are in Varanasi, then this place should be in your must-visit list. Make sure to book a hotel in Varanasi for a comfortable stay.
11-Digambeshwara Temple, Nagarala, Karnataka
At this temple, one of the absurd rituals takes place in which toddlers are tossed to a 30 feel balcony onto a sheet of cloth held by a group of men. This is done to bring good health and good luck to the child who manages to come out of the horror safely. This horrific act has been deeply criticized by child rights activists.
12-Devji Maharaj Mandir, Madhya Pradesh
It is a temple where devotees come to rid themselves of ghosts, demons, and evil spirits. The devotees light camphor tablets on bare palms to scare whatever evil spirit resides within to leave the body. But the weirdest tradition is the annual “Bhoot mela” or ghost fair that is held in the temple grounds to appease evil spirits. You can book a hotel near Bhopal Railway Station and can get on the road to the temple which is just five hours journey to Bhopal.